That Usual Saturday News

It is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and since I avoid the ‘regular’ news on the weekends I thought a couple of food stories might be of interest to my readers….

This whole ‘plant based’ marketing has never been very appealing to me….after all I am a predatory and as such I eat meat and meat based products….for those people that think they are doing the planet a favor by becoming vegan I have story for you.

This story is about the company known as “Beyond Meat’….

This has not been a stellar stretch for meat-substitute company Beyond Meat. Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are out with stories attempting to explain why the company—which had a wildly successful IPO in 2019—is struggling this year. As in, the stock is down a staggering 83%, and the company has begun layoffs. Bloomberg, meanwhile, came out with a story Monday based on internal documents and photos suggesting the presence of “apparent mold, Listeria and other food-safety issues” at a Pennsylvania plant. The company adamantly denies any safety problems. (And all of this comes after a company exec made police-blotter headlines for allegedly biting somebody’s nose.)

As the Journal and Times explain, some of the company’s problems are out of its control. Inflation, for example, may be making consumers less thrilled about paying more money for plant-based products than they would for meat. Plus, the plant-based niche is now crowded with competitors offering their own products. But, while overall sales for plant-based substitutes are falling—by 8% in the 12 weeks ended Oct. 8—Beyond Meat’s sales are falling even faster (by 12%). What’s more, rival Impossible Burger saw its sales rise 49% in the same span.

The Journal story in particular singles out Beyond Meat’s founder and chief executive, Ethan Brown, for blame. Based on interviews with current and former employees, “Brown has struggled to stick to priorities and manage Beyond’s growth—switching gears frequently in ways that [have] left teams confused and frustrated,” per the Journal. Brown, though, maintains that short-term hitches are expected in such a new industry and that the long-term picture for Beyond Meat remains bright. Still, one big question is whether these problems are specific to the company or “a harbinger of deeper issues in the plant-based meat industry,” per the Times.

People are strange in their food desires….like spending hundreds of dollars for a coffee that is passed through a monkey’s ass….and then there is the outrageous story about the world’s longest waiting list…..

If you’re looking to hold a party in 2052 and would like to serve what the Mirror says are “arguably the most famous croquettes in the world,” you’d better order now. That’s because there’s a 30-year-plus waiting list for the “Extreme” Kobe beef croquettes from Japan’s Asahiya family-run butcher shop, which is located in Hyogo prefecture. CNN reports that Asahiya has been in business for nearly a century; after World War II, the deep-fried potato and beef delicacy popped up on the butcher’s menu.

But the croquettes didn’t take off until 2000, a year or so after Shigeru Nitta, the third-generation owner of the butcher, decided to sell the croquettes for $1.80 each—though the beef alone to make one cost $2.70 at the time. A newspaper article about the croquettes, which are made fresh every day using locally sourced beef and potatoes, brought them instant fame. People started placing their orders (domestic only) online, and the croquettes became so popular that Asahiya stopped making them in 2016 because the waiting list had become more than 14 years long. But the public clamored for their return, and Asahiya agreed, bringing them back the following year, but with a new price of $3.70 per croquette (a box of five costs $18.40 or so).

Despite the price hike, Nitta continued to take a loss on the croquettes, as the price of beef had also risen substantially. So why would he agree to keep taking such a financial hit? Nitta explains to CNN that once people get a taste of the croquettes, they decide they want to order more of the delicious Kobe beef via other menu samplings; Nitta estimates that about half of his croquette tasters end up doing so. Asahiya is now churning out 200 croquettes a day—the output used to be 200 per week—and folks wait patiently for them. One woman tells the Mirror she put in her order in 2013 and just recently received her box. In the interim, she’s been married twice and moved to Tokyo, and so she’s grateful the croquettes still managed to get to her.

Since Thanksgiving was only a couple of days ago….have you ever wondered why turkey is considered traditional?  Was it the Native Americans that helped bring this tradition to life?

The reality is this ‘tradition’ is not that old.

There’s a 91% chance there will be turkey on your Thanksgiving table. But why? As Texas A&M history professor Troy Bickham explains at the Conversation, it’s not just that it tastes good or even that we’re mimicking the Pilgrims. Firstly, it’s not clear that the Pilgrims ate turkey at the so-called first Thanksgiving, a harvest celebration with the Wampanoag tribe at Plymouth Colony in 1621. The only firsthand account mentions “fowle,” which could refer to various wild birds, though other accounts of the time make clear that wild turkeys were in great supply. Rather, Bickham traces the popularization of turkey at Thanksgiving celebrations to 19th century writer Sarah Hale, who happened to boost another animal in penning “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Hale was also editor of the popular women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book. “Fiercely religious and family-focused, it crusaded for the creation of an annual national holiday of ‘Thanksgiving and Praise’ commemorating the Pilgrims’ thanksgiving feast,” with turkey at the center, Bickham writes. Though the Pilgrims and Wampanoag may have also dined on deer, lobster, clams, and possibly eels, per Smithsonian, Hale’s fixation on turkey likely came from the bird’s abundance. It may have also come from President Abraham Lincoln, who sat for an “unofficial Thanksgiving dinner that featured roast turkey, reportedly his favorite meal,” in 1860, three years before he made Thanksgiving a national holiday, writes Debra Kelly at Mashed.

Four years later, organizations began collecting turkeys for soldiers so they, too, could have a proper Thanksgiving meal, Kelly notes. Kelly and Bickham argue Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, may have also played a role in bringing turkeys to our tables. It placed the bird at the center of “the prayerful family meal,” Bickham writes. The fact that a roasted turkey makes a lovely centerpiece and is great for feeding a crowd probably helped the tradition stick, the pair note. “Since turkeys are big and one bird can feed a whole family, that makes it easier than sacrificing and cooking a dozen chickens,” writes Kelly, adding a large part of Thanksgiving is “making sure there’s plenty of meat on the table.”

That is my offering for this Saturday….you may return to your normal holiday shopping routine.

If you are on the road either traveling or shopping please careful…..

Be well and be safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


More Info On Thanksgiving

This is for those last minute food shoppers for the Thanksgiving meal…..

Just days away from the big day when families and friends get together and enjoy a meal and some time together… we all know inflation is eating away at our budgets and your big meal will be really expensive this year.

Thanksgiving dinner will be pricier than last year, according to economists, who say it might actually be cheaper to eat out. The cost of a turkey is expected to rise 23% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a report from Wells Fargo analysts Courtney Schmidt and Brad Rubin. However, the New York Times recently reported turkey prices could double over last year as a result of avian flu outbreaks, drought, and higher costs of feed, fuel, and labor. In the week of Oct. 21, the average retail price for a frozen turkey was $1.99 per pound, up 73% from 2021. And “more limited” supplies mean you won’t necessarily get your pick of the bunch, per Fox Business.

The cost of eggs, butter, flour, and fruits and vegetables are already up 32.5%, 25.8%, 17.1%, and 7.3% respectively year over year, according to the report. Cranberry sauce is expected to be more expensive than last year “due to cranberry producers that faced rising input costs.” While cooler spring weather has delayed crops of white potatoes in Idaho and Washington, meaning “prices will be higher based on supply and demand principles,” sweet potatoes “have a surplus at the moment,” Rubin tells Fox. If you’d rather not cook, eating out is a “great value this year,” he adds, noting the “cost of eating out has increased slower than at home.” For a family of four, eating out could cost roughly the same as dining at home, though it will be less economical for larger groups.

Have a great Sunday and enjoy your time……

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Sobering Moment At The World Cup

The 2022 World Cup is beginning play today in the nation of Qatar…personally I asked what they were thinking when Qatar was announced…..

People from all over the world will go to Qatar to cheer on their nation on the road to the Cup.

The big news from Qatar has little to do with play but rather the spectators….2 days before the start an announcement has been made….

Two days before the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has stunned fans with a decision to ban beer sales at stadiums despite Budweiser’s $75 million sponsorship deal with FIFA, world soccer’s governing body. The snap decision suggests FIFA “may no longer be in full control of major decisions related to its event,” the New York Times reports. FIFA confirmed the move in a statement Friday, saying that after “discussions between host country authorities and FIFA,” a decision was made to do away with beer sales in “stadium perimeters” and focus on sales in the official FIFA fan zone and “other fan destinations and licensed venues.” ESPN reports that the move followed last-minute pressure on FIFA from Qatar.

“There is no impact to the sale of [non-alcoholic] Bud Zero, which will remain available at all Qatar’s World Cup stadiums,” FIFA said. Budweiser hasn’t officially commented on the move, which follows an order last week for its beer tents to be shifted to locations in stadiums away from where crowds would pass. A tweet from Budweiser saying, “Well, this is awkward” was later deleted, the BBC reports. Qatar, like its neighbor Saudi Arabia, strictly controls alcohol, but it agreed to allow the sale of alcohol in stadiums when it launched its controversial World Cup bid, reports the AP. Budweiser was to have been the only alcoholic drink available to most fans in stadiums, though the sale of beer, wine, and spirits is expected to go ahead in luxury areas.

In a statement, the Football Supporters’ Association said that while “some fans like a beer at a game and some don’t,” the “real issue is the last minute U-turn” and the lack of clarity from organizers. “If they can change their minds on this at a moment’s notice, with no explanation, supporters will have understandable concerns about whether they will fulfil other promises relating to accommodation, transport, or cultural issues,” the FSA said. The AP notes that Qatar is an “autocracy governed by a hereditary emir, who has absolute say over all governmental decisions.” Sunday’s opening ceremony will be followed by the tournament’s first game, Qatar vs. Ecuador.

Clever!  Wait until just before the tournament starts and all plans have been made by the spectators then announce there will be NO beer sold….too late to change to change their plans.

Qatar should never have won the bid….my question is how much grease did they spread around to bribe the bid?


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The Usual Saturday News

The weekend begins and I search for news that you, my reader, may not have read or heard….enjoy.

USDA has approve meat for human consumption….lab grown meat.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time cleared a meat product grown from animal cells for human consumption, the agency announced on Wednesday.

UPSIDE Foods, a company that makes cell-cultured chicken by harvesting cells from live animals and using the cells to grow meat in stainless-steel tanks, will be able to bring its products to market once it has been inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), said a release from the FDA.

The FDA said in documents released on Wednesday that it had reviewed data from the company and had no further questions about the company’s conclusion that its product is safe for humans to eat.

Will you jump on this trend?  I am too old to change.

Ever watched ‘Ancient Aliens’?

Ever wondered why we have not found those aliens?

In a paper that feels more like a call to action than its science fiction-esque premise would suggest, two NASA scientists have forwarded a heartbreaking explanation for why we haven’t yet met any other intelligent lifeforms.

The general idea? The aliens destroyed themselves before they could get to us. Behind the yet-to-be-peer-reviewed paper are two NASA scientists at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Lab, a student at a Catholic high school, and a Polish political science professor.

What resulted is a variation on the famous “Great Filter” theory: that other civilizations that may have existed in the duration of the universe’s history have likely “filtered” themselves out by blowing themselves up or otherwise destroying themselves. In an ominous twist, they point out that whatever terrible event has been weeding out aliens from the cosmos would logically strike before these civilizations made it off-world — meaning that if the argument applies to us, disaster would be poised to strike soon.

“We postulate that an existential disaster may lay in wait as our society advances exponentially towards space exploration,” the paper’s introduction reads, “acting as the Great Filter: a phenomenon that wipes out civilizations before they can encounter each other, which may explain the cosmic silence.”

Killed themselves?

If you look at this planet….I would say sounds like a good theory.

The research in the uses of those magic ‘shrooms…..micro doses could help depression and/or anxiety….and now news that it could help with spinal injuries….

In 2014, Jim Harris broke nine vertebrae and was paralyzed from the chest down following a snowkiting accident in Chile. After surgery and months of physical therapy, he recovered enough to hobble around with a walker, but he still couldn’t get his right hamstring to “wake up.” According to Rachel Mabe of Outside, that changed when a friend offered Harris a dose of “magic mushrooms” at a music festival. It was his first big outing since his injury, but his disability was bringing him down; he ate them just hoping to have a good time. Soon after—like many people who indulge in psilocybin, the active drug in ‘shrooms—he found himself enjoying a colorful sunset and cloud patterns more than usual. But he also noticed his right hamstring contracting for the first time since his injury.

It wasn’t a hallucination: The next day, the hamstring was still active, apparently the result of a “rewired” neuromuscular connection. Research in recent decades—including a landmark 2006 study by Roland Griffiths—suggests psilocybin is a powerful tool against depression and PTSD. But can it help repair a spine? Neurologists say it’s possible thanks to neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability adapt: psilocybin increases neurotransmitter activity, making healthy neurons more sensitive while promoting regeneration of neuronal pathways. Psilocybin advocates say more research is needed, and they have support from research institutions and venture capitalists alike. Several states have also decriminalized the psychedelic, including Harris’s home state of Colorado, where voters approved Proposition 122 last Tuesday.

As my regulars know I have a section known as ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ file…well I found a good example of “Stupid”….

Last Thursday morning, a man in Houston decided to dance atop a moving 18-wheeler on the Eastex Freeway. Per ABC13, the man was knocked off the truck as it passed under the Tuam Street bridge. Paramedics responded quickly and rushed him to the Memorial Hermann Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead, according to a press release from the Houston PD. The man was 25 years old and may have been recording himself, but no other information about his identity or motive was provided, including how or where he managed to climb or jump onto the truck.

Per Houston Public Media, police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the truck driver had no idea the man was up there. The driver was questioned by police and released without charges, but the investigation is ongoing. “We haven’t had a case like this in quite some time,” Silva said. Witness video posted to a Facebook page and later picked up by news outlets shows the man dancing atop the cargo trailer of a Rapid Transport truck as it approaches an underpass. The video was shot from a vehicle behind the truck, and traffic appears to be moving slowly. The dancing man can be seen with his back to the bridge, apparently unaware of the impending danger. According to KHOU, he was knocked into oncoming traffic. He died of blunt force injuries, according to the Harris County coroner.

Like I said…..’Can’t Fix Stupid’.

I hope everyone has a good Saturday…be well and be safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

New Leadership Is Coming

I would like to apologize for the delay in my replies for I have been dealing with WiFi problems….I finally had to replace my modem and that was a chore…..but all seems to be working properly… fingers crossed.

The big news of the day yesterday…..

In 2023 we will have a new House and new leadership….the big news is Pelosi will step down as the leader of the House Dems…..

Nancy Pelosi won’t be House speaker next year, but she’s not retiring from Congress, either. In a speech Thursday to the House, Pelosi told her fellow lawmakers that she would continue to represent her San Francisco constituents but would not seek re-election to a leadership position in the Democratic party, per NPR. Instead, the 82-year-old is expected to remain in what the New York Times describes as “sort of an emeritus role.” Meaning, she will act as a “backbencher” providing guidance to the next generation of party leaders, per Puck.

The AP reported that Pelosi went home with two versions of her speech for review Wednesday night, with one option being full retirement. Pelosi was first elected to the House in 1987 and became the first female House speaker in 2007. She was in the role until 2011, and returned to it in 2019 when the Democrats took back the House. She vowed in 2018 that she would only serve four more years in the role, reports the Washington Post, and CNN adds that she said earlier in November that the October attack on her husband would factor in to her decision-making. Whether Pelosi just set off a domino effect in House Democratic leadership ahead of internal party elections next month remains to be seen.

Her leadership team, with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, has long moved as a triumvirate. Hoyer and Clyburn are also making decisions about their futures; like Pelosi, they are in their 80s. The AP notes that a second younger trio exists in the House: that of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Rep. Pete Aguilar of California. NBC News reports Jeffries, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, “is being urged to pursue the leadership role and has met with rank-and-file members” and agrees the three “have been widely seen to be part of a trio who could embody a new era of leadership.”

Personally I say ‘about damn time’….Dems have not passed anything but corporate favored bills in a very long time.

Is this a bright future for the Dems?

Personal thought….not likely.

Now the question is ….who will step up to lead the House Dems?

Other top Democrats announced Thursday that they’ll follow Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of top House leadership while remaining members of Congress. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina said immediately after Pelosi’s announcement that they too will step aside, the Hill reports. Their decisions clear the way for New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who now chairs the House Democratic Caucus, to run for minority leader for the next Congress, which will be the top party job once Republicans take control of the House. Hoyer has been in Congress for more than 40 years and has held the No. 2 House position in his party since 2003.

“Now is the time for a new generation of leaders,” Hoyer, 83, said in endorsing Jeffries, whom he called “a skilled and capable leader,” per the Washington Post. Hoyer said he’ll return to the Appropriations Committee, where he served early in his career, to concentrate on education, health care, and increasing US manufacturing. Though he won’t stay on in a top post, Clyburn said he’d remain as assistant minority leader, the fourth-highest position. Like Hoyer, he backed Jeffries, 52, while adding endorsements of the two members planning to seek the two spots immediately below speaker: Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark and California Rep. Pete Aguilar. House Democrats plan to vote on the positions on Nov. 30, per the Wall Street Journal.

Dems need to be forward looking… far the best they can do is spin their wheels….it will be interesting to see who the Dems pick to lead them into 2 years of total chaos….

My guess is that nothing will change…..possibly the rhetoric but not the action.

Any thoughts?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”


GOP Promises Ukrainian Scrutiny

The GOP has control of the House and they are promising more scrutiny on the aid being sent to Ukraine in their fight against Russia.

I will admit that I have been bitching and writing about our waste of aid on a massive scale and this idle promise I can get behind (you understand I am in favor of this policy…not the party)…..

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) indicated that a Republican-controlled Congress might scale back support for Ukraine’s military and civilian population in the ongoing war with Russia, which invaded Ukraine in February. McCarthy voiced support for Ukraine, but called for increased oversight and scrutiny of aid packages, pointing to financial problems faced domestically by American taxpayers.

Key Quotes: McCarthy stated that “I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine. They just won’t do it,” later adding, “It’s not a free blank check. And then there’s the things [Biden] is not doing domestically. Not doing the border and people begin to weigh that. Ukraine is important, but at the same time it can’t be the only thing they do and it can’t be a blank check.” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) called McCarthy’s comments “disgraceful” and added, “I don’t know that I can say I was surprised.”

For Context: Should the Republican Party gain a majority in Congress, McCarthy is expected to be voted Majority Leader. A $12.3 billion additional aid package for Ukraine was part of last month’s government spending bill. The statements come as the war in Ukraine escalates among a string of victories for the Ukrainian military and increasingly nuclear rhetoric from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How the Media Covered it: Outlets across the spectrum honed in on the “blank check” statement. The Hill categorized opposition to Ukraine support as “America First” ideology.

McCarthy warns no ‘blank check’ to Ukraine in GOP majority

As I said I am behind this attempt to make all accountable for this use of US foreign aid dollars.

The problem I see is that the defense industry owns most of our Congress so I do not see any progress being made on accountability.

Just my thoughts.

Do you have any to share?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

“No Need For Talks”

AS the conflict in Ukraine the need for talks is ever present and yet the US does not want them to happen…why is that?

Most conflicts as the war rages on the talks become more and more important… many Ukrainians must suffer and die before some sort of talks begin?

More news on talks came out yesterday….

According to a report from POLITICO, the Biden administration has been reassuring Ukraine that peace talks with Russia don’t need to happen anytime soon after Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said this winter will provide an opportunity for diplomacy.

Milley said last week that Russia and Ukraine might recognize that victory “is maybe not achievable through military means, and therefore you need to turn to other means.” He expects fighting will slow down this winter, and the moment for peace talks could be “seized.”

Citing unnamed US and Ukrainian officials, the POLITICO report said that US officials have conveyed to Ukraine that Washington was not trying to undercut Kyiv’s stated war goals of driving Russia out of all the territory it has captured. The US also said that just because there may be a pause in fighting this winter, that doesn’t mean peace talks need to happen.

While Milley is calling for peace talks, other high-level US officials are against the idea, including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The POLITICO report said that Sullivan’s Nationa Security Council is most resistant to the idea of talks, although there are a few aides on the NSC pushing for diplomacy.

The report said that there is a “broad sense” within the Pentagon that the winter will provide a chance to reach a political settlement and that senior US military officials don’t believe Ukraine can achieve its war aims, which include expelling Russia from Crimea. But so far, these views have not had an impact on President Biden or his most senior staff.

While many elements of the Biden administration are resisting the idea of pushing for talks between Ukraine and Russia, there has been an increase in dialogue between Washington and Moscow. On Monday, CIA Director William Burns met with his Russian counterpart, although the White House stressed the meeting was focused on warnings over the use of nuclear weapons, not a negotiation over Ukraine.


I disagree I still think that talks should be the priority….not more and more lethal weapons.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Big News Sunday

There are a couple of stories in the news that are pretty big deals…..

First the US Senate…..

Next month’s Georgia Senate runoff won’t decide who controls the chamber after all. Democrats clinched it Saturday night when Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto won her close race over the GOP’s Adam Laxalt. The AP called the race before 10pm Eastern, and various other outlets did as well, including CNN and NBC News. Her victory means that Democrats will have at least 50 seats in the new Senate, which gives them the edge because of VP Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.

“Democrats will have a majority again in the Senate!” tweeted Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “This election is a victory and vindication for Democrats, our agenda and our accomplishments, and for America and the American people.” The chamber is currently split 50-50. If Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock wins his runoff over Herschel Walker on Dec. 6 in Georgia, Democrats would end up with a 51-49 edge, one better than the current 50-50 mark. As for which party will control the House, stay tuned. About 20 races still are undecided, and while Republicans have the edge, it’s not a lock.

There is a chance that the House will remain Blue….but it depends on the mentality of the voter.

History’s most famous femme fatal, Cleopatra may have her tomb discovered….

Archaeologists hoping to find Cleopatra’s lost tomb have instead discovered an incredible feat of engineering: a 6.5-foot-tall underground tunnel stretching for nearly a mile. The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism calls it a “geometric miracle,” per Smithsonian. Kathleen Martinez of the University of San Domingo, whose team uncovered the tunnel cut into rock more than 40 feet beneath the ruins of the temple of Taposiris Magna near Alexandria, tells Live Science it’s “an exact replica of Eupalinos Tunnel in Greece, which is considered as one of the most important engineering achievements of antiquity.” That tunnel on the Greek island of Samos, built centuries before Taposiris Magna, served as an aqueduct for 1,000 years, per Smithsonian.

It’s believed this tunnel carried water as well. Parts of it are now flooded by the Mediterranean Sea, likely as a result of at least 23 earthquakes that hit the region between AD 320 and 1303, per the Times of Israel. Those same earthquakes may have brought down the temple above, dedicated to the god of the underworld, Osiris. Its destruction has complicated efforts to search for the tomb of Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra VII and her lover, Roman general Marc Antony, who committed suicide in 30 BC, at the end of the period to which the tunnel dates, per Live Science. Though other experts disagree, Martinez believes the couple’s tomb might be found at the site. Previous excavations uncovered coins bearing Cleopatra’s likeness.

Archaeologists also found a cemetery of mummies facing in the direction of the temple, which Martinez says could be a sign of a royal tomb nearby, per the Times. She notes some mummies were given golden tongues, which were thought to allow the dead to speak with Osiris. Martinez hopes the tunnel might lead her to the tomb and “the most important discovery of the 21st century,” per the Times. “This is the first time that any archeologist has found tunnels, passages underground [and] inside the enclosure walls of the temple,” she tells the outlet. But researchers note the tunnel itself is impressive. It’s believed to have been built to carry water to the city of Taposiris Magna at a time when it counted 15,000 to 20,000 inhabitants.

This is the biggest news I could locate…..

I do hope you all have a wonderful Sunday….be well and be safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

The Usual Saturday News

Hopefully all that observe Veterans Day had a wonderful….but now it is time to get back to business….as usual I will give you all the worthless news of the past week….enjoy.

First a little cool photography…..

Canadian high school teacher Andrea Humphreys has done almost 700 dives, and she says she’s never experienced anything as “mind-blowing” as her encounter with a giant Pacific octopus. She says that when she started filming the creature during a dive off the east coast of Vancouver Island, it approached her and ended up embracing her. “Its tentacles were reaching through the camera to feel my face and then at some point, it had crawled on my body, on my hips, and was giving me a hug,” she says, per the Canadian Press. “And it had tentacles up and around my mouth and it was sucking on my lip, which is the only exposed part of my body.” Humphreys’ video of the encounter has gone viral.

“Every time I backed away from it, the octopus just kept coming towards me,” Humphreys says. “And it was just so amazing and inspiring.” She says it stayed close to her and her dive partners for 40 minutes and appeared to be fascinated by their equipment. “It kept changing the lights on my camera system and fiddling with it,” she says. Her video shows that the octopus remained deep red throughout the encounter, not “the greyish tone of a fearful or aggressive cephalopod,” the Guardian reports. She says her students were very excited by the video and she hopes sharing it will boost support for protecting the marine environment. “The curiosity. The ability to explore was just so amazing,” she says. “I’ve never eaten calamari—and I’ll definitely never touch it now.

Octopus is too smart to be an inveterate….

The big news is there is a new trend in crash test dummies…..

You’re probably most familiar with automotive crash test dummies thanks to a series of ubiquitous 1980s safety commercials featuring Vince and Larry, who cautioned driving responsibly while flying through windshields. The spots usually ended with the tag, “You can learn a lot from a dummy.”

The duo were representative of the oddly specific crash test model: almost exclusively male. Now that’s changing.


According to Popular Science, Swedish researchers are honing a model that better reflects a woman’s physiological characteristics, which can result in dramatically different outcomes in the event of an auto accident.

“The biggest difference is when it comes to … whiplash injury from low-severity crashes,” Astrid Linder, a professor of traffic safety at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, told NPR. “We know since the late ’60s that females have a higher risk of these injuries than men. But we also know from higher-severity crashes that females have a higher risk of severe injuries as drivers in frontal impacts.”

There is a possible breakthrough in male contraception…..

A small study out of Australia could pave the path toward a new contraceptive that researchers say could be a “game changer.” The two dozen or so men taking part in the trial at a Melbourne medical center will have a hydrogel pumped into their vas deferens—the ducts through which sperm travels—to block sperm from leaving their testicles. Researchers anticipate the effects would last for about two years, at which point patients could then receive another injection. The treatment would effectively serve as a “temporary vasectomy” that may be a more appealing alternative to the more traditional permanent version, per the Sydney Morning Herald.

Study leader Nathan Lawrentschuk, a urologist at the Epworth Freemasons Hospital where the trial is being conducted, says his team was “overwhelmed” by the hundreds of men who wanted to take part in the trial, per ABC Australia. Lawrentschuk points out the various circumstances in which male partners would want to take the lead on contraception, such as when their partners aren’t able to take contraception due to medical reasons, or if they’ve “come out of a long relationship where they want a period of known inability to have a child.” So far four men have undergone the injections. Scientists will keep tabs on the subjects, most of whom are between 30 and 40, for three years.

“If it is successful, it could be a game changer, ensuring that contraception is a shared responsibility between couples,” says Lawrentschuk, per the Herald. Dr. Liza O’Donnell, a reproductive health scientist at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research who isn’t involved in the study, tells ABC that she thinks the research holds promise, as long as the effects truly prove to be reversible. Lawrentschuk—who says similar studies with animals have shown the treatment to be effective—adds that if this trial is successful, a larger one is planned involving subjects in Australia and the United States. This isn’t the only male contraceptive possibly on the horizon: The Guardian notes that researchers at Monash University, also in Melbourne, are working on a hormone-free pill for men.

Finally….ever hear of organic reduction?

“It would be such a wonderful thing for me—to be able to just walk through [my garden] and be like, ‘Oh, hi, Mom,'” Rachel Gerberding told her dying mother. She wasn’t talking about somehow burying her there. She was thinking of composting her mom—and her mom was on board. As Eleanor Cummins writes for the Verge, human composting exists, and it’s “the first truly new form of final disposition developed in decades.” It’s more technically known as natural organic reduction, or NOR. It’s been an option in Washington state since 2019 and has since become legal in California, Oregon, Colorado, and Vermont as well. Cummins describes the multi-step process, which starts with putting the body in a biodegradable gown and placing it in a vessel containing alfalfa, straw, and sawdust. Loved ones can add compostable tokens (think flowers or letters) at that point

The body spends 30 days in the vessel, until bones and a soil-like material remain; the bones and compost are then put into a machine that will transform everything into fragments, and over the final 30 days, the compost is occasionally rotated in a tumbler. The end result is about 400 pounds of soil, given to families in breathable burlap sacks. The method isn’t the only thing that’s wildly different from traditional burials: so is the timeline. While families typically make arrangements in a “few chaotic days,” Cummins cites one company, Return Home, whose NOR process takes at least two months, during which the family is able to visit the facility and sit in front of their loved one’s vessel at any time. As for the cost, Return Home’s NOR services, at $5,500, fall between the cost of the average cremation (about half that) and funeral (about double that).

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This is it for this Saturday….hopefully it either informed or entertained…..

Have I great weekend.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

2022 Mid-Terms

As of this writing the results are not totally counted…..the House is leaning ‘red’ and the Senate is up for grabs…..

Voting was not anything to brag about….but it seldom is in the mid-terms.

I have tried to help people to grasp the complexities of our political system…..I have said I think that the voter is uninformed that they believe whatever some yahoo tells them as ‘true’…..and there are times that reinforce my fears and then there are times that just make me feel that the voter is just suffering from the stupids.

This vote outcome just makes me shake my head…..

Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died last month, in the middle of his re-election race—which he won anyway, by a huge margin. DeLuca, 85 and the longest-serving state representative in Pennsylvania, died of lymphoma less than two weeks after the deadline to change the ballot, the Guardian reports. He was the choice of nearly 86% of voters, with Green candidate Queonia “Zarah” Livingston coming in second with 14% of the vote, the AP reports. A special election will be held to fill the seat, which will be vacant until then. A date has not yet been set.

“While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously,” the Pennsylvania House Democratic campaign committee said. DeLuca had represented the state’s 32nd Legislative District for 39 years. Some were posting about his re-election on social media as an example of voter fraud, despite no evidence of that. “Under Pennsylvania law, there was no way to remove Rep. DeLuca from the ballot,” says a rep from the aforementioned committee. Adds an Allegheny County spokesperson, “This is not the first time this has happened either.”

“Not the first time”?

Why would anyone vote for someone that cannot actually represent them?

Was it really support for him or just was it actually uninformed voters or just plain apathy?

This does not make me confident on the decisions by the voters.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”